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Where are you from and where do you live?
I’m from the western part of Japan and I spent my childhood there, and then I lived in Yokohama and Tokyo since my teenage years until recently, now I live in a small city near Mt. Fuji, one of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains.

“Me in kimono with my mother on the festival for 3 years old girls.”

What do you do other than sewing?
In Tokyo I worked as a web designer/developer for years and then I left the job and moved into my husband’s place. Now, I’m looking for a new job in a new place.

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
Definitely the best thing here is enjoying beautiful nature: mountains, lakes, canyons, hot springs and local organic foods made with clean water and fresh air. Also here is a major production area of silk kimono fabric.

“My favorite lunch with local organic products.”

But when it comes to shopping I always go to Tokyo. It’s not so far away from here. For fabrics and notions, or rather for everything about sewing, I would take you to Nippori, the fabric wholesale district, and for accessories like buttons, laces, buckles or something like that we could go to another wholesale district in Asakusabashi. And if you’d also like to take a look at Japanese designer fabrics or cutting edge fabrics, I would recommend, for example, Nuno Works or Cocca, even though my budget has never allowed me to get them yet.

“The view of Mt.Fuji from the lake.”

Tell us about your sewing journey?
I sew because I love it. Sewing or crafting always excites me, relaxes me and sometimes heals me; it’s just something essential for my life. I found my love for sewing first at about 4 years old, when I made a small felt pouch in a kindergarten class. It was so fun and exciting for me to make something with my hands, even now I still remember how I felt that day.

My mom has been a quilter for as long as I can remember and she taught me basic techniques how to sew and how to use a sewing machine but she didn’t allow me to use her machine so often, maybe because she correctly knew that it would soon be a serious addiction for a little girl and she wanted show me a larger world full of different possibilities.

My mom’s quilt.

So thanks to my clever mother I learned lots of things other than sewing: playing the piano, saxophone, oboe and some languages, art history and then web design and development… also in my college days I’ve lived in Prague for a year and I found my another love for traveling to discover something new and inspiring me. At the same time I went through almost every kind of crafts: knitting, embroidery, crochet, hand weaving and so on.

“Cross stitch work, knitting and crochet work, hand woven placemat with paper yarn and a hand woven crepe scarf.”

It was my husband who made me come back to sewing and dressmaking. He’s so cool that he gave me a sewing machine, instead of a diamond ring, when he proposed to me, and then, in late summer 2010 my great journey has just started.

Where do you find inspiration?
It’s been a long time since I stopped buying magazines, because I have a problem that I can’t throw them away without feeling a huge sense of loss, and also because I realized that I love them and am inspired by them so much that I end up getting tired. The only solution is to make scrapbooks. For the same reason, I don’t go anywhere to get inspired at least for now. Inspirations are rather everywhere in my daily life.

“One page from my scrapbook: ‘White Things’”

I’m so interested in fashion but my bigger and endless interest is in textile design from all over the world and from traditional or vintage to modern [styles]. It inspires me and my projects maybe the most.

"A part of my fabric collection.

What’s your sewing secret weapon?
If I ever had anything, it would be my sewing machines, of course they are not quite as expensive as a diamond but they are also good for professional use.

It’s neither technique nor trick but I always try/want to make my projects with some special fabrics, with pockets inside or outside, and eco-friendly.

What is your sewing experience like?
In Tokyo I lived in a really small apartment with only one tiny table for everything: writing, eating and sewing, and I had my desktop PC on it, too. But now I have wonderful space for sewing. I have my machines and fabric storage in a comfortable tatami room (traditional Japanese style room) next to the dining room where the TV, DVD/CD player and computers and I like to have any one of them on while sewing.

My sewing space.

What is your dream sewing project?
I always have a lot of dreams in my head but the biggest one at this moment may be dresses with my original fabrics.

How long have you been a member of BurdaStyle, and what keeps you coming back?
I’ve been a member of Burdastyle since July 2010, for a year and half now. I happened to find it during lunch break at my work, and I couldn’t wait till after work, so without considering about my user name, I became a member right then. It’s my real first name. It was a huge and lovely surprise that I found so many people who love sewing the same way as I do, and I’m so happy to be connected with lots of creative people from around the world here. I visit the site daily if I have time, and every time I get inspired from other people’s projects and stories, and encouraged with kind comments for my projects.

What is the most frustrating thing about sewing for you? What is the most rewarding?
The most frustrating thing is to find a mistake too late to fix it, or simply when something doesn’t work or go the way I imagined it. The most rewarding thing is that I can get something I dreamed or something I couldn’t find at the stores. Plus, it costs less than store-bought.

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    Jan 27, 2014, 11.27 PMby jayne1

    Great reading about sewing. I am currently in Hakuba, japan and was trying to find fabric shops in the area. Nagano or Matsumoto. Any ideas or places I can go would be fantastic.

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    Feb 13, 2012, 12.24 AMby nessys

    I am so proud of you Honey! Such a lovely feature about you and your sewing. It was a real pleasure to get to know you better and to discover what inspires you! That photo of you and your Mum is so SWEET! I love your little room you have for sewing – you must be so thrilled!

    You are such an inspiration to me – the quality and sheer quantity of your output is simply AMAZING! I love all your dresses so much – each one is like a new, fresh, beautiful flower.

    Thank you!!!

    PS – what is that delicious dish of vegetables…. I want more details re your lunch! PSS – your husband sounds like a really Sweetie Pie! xxx

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      Feb 17, 2012, 02.13 AMby nahoko

      Thank you so much for all your kind, encouraging words here and toward my projects!!! They always sound like heartwarming messages from a long-time friend :))) Thank you again <3

      PS – that my fav dish is soba (buckwheat noodle) and fried vegetables with soy sauce and grated radish dip… :9 you shold come to try it :D

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    Feb 6, 2012, 11.48 PMby missmissjane

    I loved your feature Nahoko. Last year I was lucky enough to travel to Tokyo and the Nagano area. I loved the country and the people. I purchased whilst there a couple of sewing and knitting magazines and I will never throw them out, so beautifully presented and full of inspiration.
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      Feb 17, 2012, 01.27 AMby nahoko

      thanks for your comment. Before I joined Burdastyle, I didn’t even imagine that japanese sewing books and magazines are so popular in the world :)

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    Feb 6, 2012, 06.30 PMby allabelle

    :) keep sewing,, i like the white dress with pocket there,,

    u are so lucky to have your mom, her quilt is just awesome :)

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      Feb 17, 2012, 01.11 AMby nahoko

      :) thank you :)

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    Jan 28, 2012, 02.28 PMby kelepso

    Great story!

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      Jan 29, 2012, 02.38 PMby nahoko

      Thanks :)

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    Jan 28, 2012, 11.20 AMby gloryblumen

    You are an inspiration! Glory

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      Jan 29, 2012, 02.38 PMby nahoko

      Thank you, Glory!

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    Jan 27, 2012, 01.15 PMby sewbonloot

    Your style sense is amazing. I love your mom’s quilt and all the creativity you show. Thanks!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.22 PMby 10ashus

    I like the design of your clothing choices -the simple shape with the touch of detail. The hat is a good accessory on you.

    You did a wonderful job to describe your sewing life and your home life. I am glad that the web site introduced you to us readers. You are an interesting person.

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      Jan 28, 2012, 09.26 AMby nahoko

      Thank you very much for your comment!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.03 PMby lepetithoot

    It’s so wonderful to see you as a featured member, Nahoko! I think I’ve been following you since you joined up and I always knew one day you would be featured. I love your creations. They have such a beautiful, clean, simple design but are still very unique. So pretty! Congratulations, again! I can’t wait to see more from you. <3

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      Jan 27, 2012, 02.06 PMby nahoko

      oh you are way too kind! Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment! <3<3

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    Jan 25, 2012, 08.33 PMby jadealamode

    This was such an inspirational read nahoko.Its wonderful knowing how you started your sewing journey.my mom taught me how to sew too.I remember when I started it was impossible to sew in a straight line.I hope you get to fulfil your dreams.Thanks for sharing

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      Jan 27, 2012, 12.13 AMby nahoko

      Thanks! For me there was also a bit of fear of sewing machine, its noise and speed made me afraid of sewing throgh my finger…

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    Jan 25, 2012, 04.11 PMby Marilyn Benson

    Love your interview and seeing your small sewing space as I will need to downsize soon. Have you been to the embroidery museum in Kyoto? It was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan (mainly Nagoya, Takahashi and Kyoto). Well worth the visit when you are in the area. The work is breathtaking!

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      Jan 26, 2012, 03.36 PMby nahoko

      haha, it’s luxuriously big space for me :) I haven’t heard of the museum, thanks for the tip!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 11.41 AMby Lucypie

    I loved reading this – and your mom’s quilt took my breath away – the talent clearly runs in the family!

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      Jan 26, 2012, 03.01 PMby nahoko

      Thank you sooo much!

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    Jan 25, 2012, 10.50 AMby lucasl

    hello nahoko – i understand your feelings about magazines: you said exactly how i feel about them! and so that helps me to think about how i can become less attached to them to also not be so tired. dozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

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      Jan 26, 2012, 02.54 PMby nahoko

      Thanks! Arigato! I’m so happy to find someone who undestand me!

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      Jan 28, 2012, 02.04 AMby bjorkroly

      i feel the same way too . i have accumulated so much i dnt know how to handle them ? any suggestion

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      Jan 30, 2012, 07.04 AMby nahoko

      the only suggestion I have is just not to buy anymore :) unless you can throw at least one of them away, and then, hmm… As a patient, hardworking Japanese I went through every page of them and cut out pages, articles or pictures which I need and scrapbooked…..

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    Jan 25, 2012, 09.35 AMby olg

    You are a true inspiration Nahoko! When I read your story I find myself back in Tokyo in my mind, where I had the pleasure of visiting for one day in 1990. Like you also I love travelling and.. I herby invite you -as kindred spirit :) – to come and visit us in Amsterdam to exchange skills and the love of sewing in my modest studio and take you fabric shopping. You remind me of a special Japanese friend, named Ritsuko from Nagoya, who came to visit us here too. Since my husband and I have three boys, it is too expensive to travel as far as Japan now. So we like it very much if ‘Japan comes to us’! Your mothers quilt looks so very amazing too, what a creativity and skill, just overwhelming. with love from the Netherlands, Hanneke

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      Jan 26, 2012, 02.39 PMby nahoko

      Thanks Hanneke, I appreciate your kind comment :) Last summer I traveled to Netherlands with my Slovakian friend, we visited Amsterdam, Rotterdam… and also Kinderdijk but we had terrible weather and could only see the windmills from car window… I hope to visit Netherlands again soon!!!

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